By Russell Moore
FOR THE TIMES
When Wallace State freshman Ethan Flack has spare time, he can normally be found with a rod and reel in his hand. Flack, 19, has been an avid angler his entire life and decided to use his passion this semester to benefit other anglers at Wallace State.
Flack has been instrumental in helping form Wallace State’s inaugural BASS Fishing Club, which competed for the first time in late February at Lake Guntersville and plans to fish again as a group at Lewis Smith Lake, beginning Friday morning.
“I knew some of the bigger universities have fishing clubs, so I thought it would be neat if Wallace State could start one. I researched how to be able to start a fishing club, found an adviser to sponsor the group and now we’ve gained a lot of interest,” said Flack, the fishing club’s president. “All of the guys who have joined the club love to fish. We’re excited about being able to fish in bass tournaments and for us to do it as Wallace State students. We want to get the Wallace State name out there.”
Wallace State had 10 anglers compete on Guntersville, launching five boats with successful results. Flack and J.R. Sapp earned the best finish for the Lions, reeling in five fish weighing 26 pounds, 1 ounce. Logan Shaddix and Ethan Rose caught two fish weighing 9 pounds, 14 ounces, and Jorden Tuten and Bryant Quattlebaum collected a pair of fish weighing 7 pounds, 12 ounces. Catching one fish apiece were the duos of Sam McCombs and Seth Newell and Greg Dean and Colton Henderson.
Flack senses the current Wallace State BASS Fishing Club will grow more comfortable as a unit as they compete in additional tournaments.
“We are all going to take pride in fishing for Wallace State,” Flack added. “We hope it’s a club that continues to grow.”
The primary purpose of the Lions’ BASS Fishing Club is to encourage camaraderie, sportsmanship, integrity, conservation and development of the skills and knowledge needed to be successful anglers by competing with other schools in FLW National Guard College Fishing tournaments and other fishing tournaments on a local and regional basis.
In order to compete for Wallace State, one must be a full-time student. Those interested in the club can call 256-352-8154.
Wallace State faculty club sponsors are Joe Hendrix, Jeremy Smith and Brian Hall.